PO Box 55190
Lexington KY 40555-5519
Contact Information
Nonprofit GreenHouse17
Address PO Box 55190
Lexington, KY 40555 5519
Phone (859) 233-0657
Fax 859 519-1938
Contact Name Darlene Thomas
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2005
Former Names
Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer GreenHouse17is an advocacy agency committed to ending intimate partner abuse in families and its impact on the community. Just as the protection of a greenhouse nurtures plants so they grow healthy and strong, GreenHouse17 nurtures lives, helping them grow, flourish and leave the trauma of abuse behind them.

Donations in support of our mission can be mailed to:
GreenHouse17, Inc.
PO Box 55190
Lexington, KY 40555
For those who prefer the convenience of making online donations, please visit secure donation page at our website.
GreenHouse17 accepts donations of supplies and services to help victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives as survivors. Our wish list is updated regularly on our website. We always have needs for twin comforter sets, bath towels, and pillows.
Volunteer opportunities include special projects at our emergency shelter and on the small vegetable and flower farm that surrounds our shelter property. 
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
GreenHouse17 is an advocacy agency committed to ending intimate partner abuse and its impact on families and our community. Just as a greenhouse protects and nurtures plants in harsh weather, GreenHouse17 nurtures lives harmed by intimate partner abuse. Research and practice indicate as many as one in three women and one in nine men will be the victim of domestic violence in their lifetime. GreenHouse17 supports survivors and their dependent children as they transition from crisis to self-sufficiency. 
  • 24-hour crisis hotline
  • individualized safety planning
  • emergency shelter
  • legal advocacy
  • transportation assistance
  • individual and group support
  • medical and dental treatment
  • budget and credit counseling
  • supportive housing services
GreenHouse17 provides these and other services through a system of trauma-informed care. This approach honors each survivor's unique experience and needs. 
Background Statement
GreenHouse17, formerly Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, was founded in July 2004 with the support of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence and United Way. The organization was incorporated in October 2004 and received nonprofit status on  February 14, 2005.
Specially trained family advocates are available to help people harmed by intimate partner abuse any time of the day, every day of the year. The organization's main facility is situated on a beautiful 40-acre property in rural Fayette County. From this location and satellite offices throughout our 17-county service area, staff provides crisis intervention and stabilization services based in the trauma-informed care model. 
The farm that surrounds our emergency shelter provides survivors with the opportunity to be out in the fresh air. Growing flowers and fruits, vegetables and herbs while growing strong in body and mind. Eating food fresh from the garden models good nutrition and healthy eating habits for parents and kids. Adults living in our shelter have the participate in the day-to-day operations of the farm and help with production of Handmade By Survivors products and flower arrangements, should they choose, in exchange for a small stipend. Other out-of-the-box activities like yoga and journaling are offered to stretch and develop body and mind.
GreenHouse17 is a community-driven and supported organization committed to nurturing lives harmed by intimate partner abuse. 
Impact Statement
Each year, GreenHouse17 supports more than 5,000 adults and their dependent children. The agency believes intimate partner abuse is a community issue that requires innovative solutions. Recent awards include the following:
  • 2013 Celebrating Solutions Award from the Mary Byron Project, a thought and policy leader working to end intimate partner abuse. GreenHouse17 is the first Kentucky-based organization to receive this national honor.
  • 2013 Kentucky Nonprofit Network Innovative Nonprofit Award.
  • 2013 Center for Nonprofit Excellence Pyramid Award for Social Innovation.
  • 2014 finalist in the Partnership for Freedom, a national competition seeking innovative solutions to human trafficking.
  • 2015 Kentucky Housing Corporation Innovation: Homelessness Award.
  • 2015 Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Environmental Award.
Accomplishments in the recent year include the following:
  • Dedicated and began providing supportive housing services for 12 apartment units on the property that surrounds the agency's emergency shelter, as well as 12 community-based apartment units.
  • Introduced several new Handmade By Survivors products and flowers from the farm that surrounds the agency's emergency shelter. Growing flowers and making products have a special connection to our mission. The process provides small-business training and micro-enterprise opportunities for survivors, while also generating resources for our organization.
  • Upgraded aging safety and security equipment at our emergency shelter facility.
GreenHouse17 has established these broad goals for the current year:
  • Continue to enhance delivery of trauma-informed care as related to all aspects of program delivery.
  • Establish and cultivate partnerships related to intersecting and emerging issues.
  • Improve and renovate emergency shelter facility.
  • Provide expanded supportive housing assistance and advocacy for survivors and their children.
Needs Statement
Although operating support for the agency's emergency shelter facility remains an on-going top priority for the agency, the following needs are pressing:
  • Renovations to the emergency shelter facility to improve resident confidentiality, address aging facility needs, and enhance space usage. A local architectural firm has drawn plans and provided an estimate for the first phase of this project: $125,000.
  • New hire of additional Family Advocates with focus on outreach services and advocacy in rural central Kentucky. Estimated personnel costs: $76,000.
CEO/Executive Director Statement

GreenHouse17 is an advocacy organization that is client-centered. Our approach to the work is individualized in order to meet the needs of our families. Our goal is to provide families a spectrum of services that will help them meet their goals and provide the opportunities to move from crisis situations to self-sufficiency. We are unique because our facility and surrounding 40 acres provide a holistic environment for survivors to begin a healing journey through counseling, support groups, art, music, reading, nature, gardening and farming.

Board Chair Statement

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Housing, Shelter /
Geographic Areas Served
Anderson County
Bourbon County
Boyle County
Clark County
Estill County
Fayette County
Franklin County
Garrard County
Harrison County
Jessamine County
Lincoln County
Madison County
Mercer County
Nicholas County
Powell County
Scott County
GreenHouse17 is the state-designated primary provider of domestic violence services in 17-county central Kentucky region known as the Bluegrass Area Development District. Counties in our service region include the following: Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott, and Woodford.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
Our mission is to end intimate partner abuse and its impact on the community. Research and practice have proven the dynamics of intimate partner abuse often escalates when individuals are unable to access advocacy and services to establish safety. Risks are mitigated when victims access healing and self-sufficiency services, but survivors of intimate partner abuse in Kentucky must navigate complex socio-economic obstacles that complicate access to services.
Poverty is among the most prevalent of these obstacles. Barriers in rural communities further threaten and complicate the healing journey for survivors. Common obstacles include lack of anonymity, shortages of healthcare providers, minimal or lack of health insurance, decreased access to community resources, and lack of transportation systems. In addition to these barriers, survivors in rural communities are confronted with a lack of affordable housing. The experience of repeated and prolonged victimization is entwined with these issues of poverty and homelessness.
The health consequences of power-based violence further complicate challenges of poverty and housing. Survivors of power-based violence are more likely to suffer from asthma, heart disease, strokes, and a host of other related health ailments than those who have not experienced violence. 
Our programming model is designed to meet basic needs, identify healing goals, and provide support and resources to improve the likelihood of achieving safety and self-sufficiency despite barriers. For some survivors, especially those with strong support systems and access to resources, safety and crisis stabilization can be achieved in only a few weeks. For others, especially those individuals and families who have experienced long-term abuse inclusive of physical, emotional, and financial violence, more time and assistance is needed to achieve these goals. Our specially trained crisis counselors are available to help people harmed by intimate partner abuse any time of the day, every day of the year.
GreenHouse17 programming and services respond to the needs of intimate partner abuse victims and encourage safety, healing, and self-sufficiency as they rebuild their lives as survivors. And in turn this creates a safer, healthier, and more prosperous community.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
The agency's main facility is situated on a beautiful 40-acre property in rural Fayette County. From this location and three other offices throughout central Kentucky, GreenHouse17 provides comprehensive, wrap-around crisis intervention and stabilization services based in the trauma-informed care model.
This means the agency honors that everyone responds to and heals from trauma in different ways. Specifically, trauma-informed care acknowledges need to be respected, informed, connected, and hopeful; connection between trauma and trauma symptoms, including substance abuse, depression, anxiety; and the value of collaborative approaches that empower survivors. One way we accomplish trauma-informed care is through innovative integration of agriculture-based healing with traditional services for survivors.
The farm that surrounds our emergency shelter facility provides survivors with nature-based avenues to heal from the physical and emotional trauma of intimate partner abuse; provides a sustainable source of field-to-table fruits, vegetables, legumes, herbs, and berries for meal preparation in the emergency shelter; and empowers survivors with information, resources, and access to self-sufficiency options, including micro-enterprise opportunities, by imparting employable skills related to agricultural production, manufacture of value-added products, and marketing of produce and goods from the farm. Our farm program is supported by research related to trauma-informed care for women veterans, studies exploring the restorative and healing outcomes of therapeutic gardens, and examinations of “social farming” as a means to promote healing, social inclusion, and social services in rural areas.
Our programming model is specially designed to mirror the stages experienced while healing from the trauma of intimate partner abuse. After immediate crisis and safety needs have been assessed and addressed, the following programming begins:
  • During the Welcoming Phase of our program introduces victims to our services while continuing to address basic needs such as safety, food, clothing, and medicine. Safety planning continues and legal protection options are explored during this initial phase.
  • The Healing Phase of programming focuses on individual and group support to understand the dynamics of abuse and address the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of abuse. Each day three support groups are facilitated at the agency's emergency shelter, and weekly support groups are provided throughout the agency's service area. As healing begins, survivors prepare to secure stability, employment, and housing housing. Strategies include financial literacy curriculum that is tailored to the needs of victims, long-term safety planning, budget and credit counseling, participation in an Individual Development Account matched saving program, free tax preparation/EITC access, and housing counseling/placement assistance.
  • As the individual or family readies to exit shelter, the Launching Phase begins. Advocates help to ease the transition and continue to support survivors as they work to rebuild their lives after violence. 
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?
Governance, fiscal oversight, and strategic direction are provided by our organization’s Board of Directors, composed of community leaders from financial, criminal justice, mental health, and social justice sectors.

Our Executive Director, Ms. Darlene Thomas, M.S.S.W, is a 27-year advocate for survivors of power-based violence. A three-person Leadership Team and direct service staff who are Certified Domestic Violence Advocates deliver and monitor service provision.
Our organization is dedicated to participation in community consortia to assure coordinated response to victim needs. Survivors also benefit from referral and coordination partnerships that provide substance addiction counseling; vouchers to obtain clothing and household supplies; emergency and re-constructive dental care for injuries sustained from abuse; safe visitation and monitored exchange services for children exposed to domestic violence; shelter-based and off-site provision of basic health care needs.
We maintain a diverse fundraising model comprised of annually recurring and newly acquired federal, state, local, and private support to sustain the fiscal health of our organization. Annually recurring federal and state pass through funding received as a member program of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence accounts for approximately a third of our annual budget; additional federal and local grant support sources comprises an additional third of our budget. Remaining funding includes varied support from subcontract agreements, private foundations, corporate sponsorships, and individual donors.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
Through varied assessment strategies, we measure the healing benefits of services programming related to improved safety, physical health, emotional well-being, and unique survivor-determined barriers. Specific measurements of success are designed to respond to the following broad outcomes:
  • Survivors of intimate partner domestic violence will be safer.
  • Survivors will develop understanding of the dynamics of intimate partner domestic abuse.
  • Effects of violence on children who have witnessed or experienced abuse will be mitigated.
  • Survivors of intimate partner domestic violence will become self-sufficient.
Evidence of outcomes is collected during survivor interviews, anonymous surveys, and written and/or photographic reflections. Validated assessment tools and other primary evidence measure outcomes related to improved earned income and readiness to sustain affordable housing. Formative and process evaluations inform our programming and services delivery approach. Data is tracked, monitored, and extrapolated using a database software system specially designed to meet the confidentiality requirements of data collection related to victim services. 
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?
The following outcome goals are consistently met or exceeded by the organization:
  • 100% of adults and children residing in emergency shelter report feeling safer than before entering shelter.
  • 95% of adult and child survivors develop plans to maintain safety for themselves and their children in a variety of situations.
  • 80% of adult survivors develop a case plan identifying needs, barriers, and advocacy related to safety and healing needs.
  • 60% of adult survivors fulfill unique self-sufficiency goal, such as enrolling in college courses, developing new work skills, saving money to purchase a car, establishing permanent housing, etc.
Programming that responds to intimate partner violence is often fraught with very real and complex struggles related to the inherent nature of healing from trauma. As established providers of victim services with a comprehensive network of community partnerships, our organization is prepared to respond to these challenges with care, support, and advocacy to encourage survivor success.
Board Chair
Board Chair Derek Hall
Company Affiliation Rose Grasch Camenisch Mains PLLC
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Board Members
Dawn AlvaradoBrookdale Senior LivingVoting
Robert BrewerRaymond James Morgan KeeganVoting
Teri FaragherDomestic Violence ProfessionalVoting
Derek HallFrost, Brown, Todd, LLCVoting
Griffin JohnsonEdward JonesVoting
Heather KinneyIndividualVoting
Kathy LoveKentucky OneHealthVoting
Steven LowndsCentre CollegeVoting
Richard MilichRetired ProfessorVoting
Jennifer MossottiPrudential deMovelanVoting
Melissa Moore MurphyLexington Fayette Urban County GovernmentVoting
Susan O'BrienFinancial IndustryVoting
Angela ReighardWKYTVoting
Dani RodgersThe Kidz ClubVoting
Philip SuiterRepublic BankVoting
Lawrence WeathersLexington Police DepartmentVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 74%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Katherine Love
Company Affiliation Kentucky OneHealth
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2020
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Darlene B Thomas MSSW
Term Start July 2005

Ms. Thomas began working in the field in October of 1989 as a front line crisis counselor. She has experience as a counselor, legal advocate, community educator/professional trainer, program developer, supervisor, and Executive Director. Ms. Thomas has worked for nearly 25 years in the field of intimate partner and power based violence. Ms. Thomas has also traveled professionally to Romania twice to implement services to victims in Constanta. She currently serves as Board Chair/President of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Full Time Staff 29
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 7
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 96%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 32
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 33
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
GreenHouse 17 provides safe emergency shelter to families and individuals fleeing their homes due to intimate partner violence.  Our shelter property is located on 40 acres in eastern Fayette County.  For those families in shelter, we provide transportation; group and individual counseling; children's groups and programming; a montessori-style class room for pre-school aged children; gardening and art therapy groups; food and basic goods. Our program in shelter is based on four phases: welcoming, healing, transforming, and launching.
  • Immediate concerns of safety and protection are addressed during the Welcoming Phase. 
  • With the support of staff, survivors begin to dig deeper and set goals for themselves through both group and individual counseling during the Healing Phase.
  • Survivors implement steps working toward healing and self-sufficiency goals during the Transforming Phase. 
  • Survivors increasingly move toward financial self sufficiency and identify housing options outside of shelter during the Launching Phase.
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Victims, Families
GreenHouse17 provides nonresidential legal, medical, and housing services throughout our 17-county service area. We also provide individual and group counseling, financial literacy and credit repair courses, and access to individual development accounts.  In addition to those services offered to survivors, we offer educational training programs for students, professionals, and community groups.
The goals of our farm program can be organized in four broad themes:
  • Provide survivors of intimate partner abuse with nature-based option to heal from the physical and emotional trauma of intimate partner abuse.  Studies of such models in the health care setting have demonstrated significant positive effects of gardening on an individual’s well-being, stress levels, and general health. When the adverse health effects related to intimate partner abuse are considered-- physical injuries, arthritis, chronic pain, and digestive issues to name a few--the importance of this goal is underscored. 
  • Provide survivors of intimate partner abuse with a sustainable source of field-to-table fruits, vegetables, legumes, herbs, and berries for meal preparation in the emergency shelter. 
  • Empower survivors of intimate partner abuse with information, resources, and access to self-sufficiency options. Survivors who choose to participate in the farm stipend project develop job skills and micro-enterprise experience.
  • Generate revenue from the sales of produce, flowers, and products from the farm to support our core services. Our vision is for the farm to become a self-sustaining enterprise that generates profits to sustain our organization's operation expenses.

Category Human Services, General/Other
GreenHouse17 operates a 24 hour confidential crisis line.  Our crisis line received over 10,000 informational, service based and crisis calls in the past year.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2012
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
GreenHouse17 partners with service providers, coalitions, businesses, state and local government agencies, education providers, employment services, and faith-based groups to provide services to victims and their children. Staff also maintain referral relationships with family courts and law enforcement agencies, as well as service coordination arrangements for a range of local resources including housing, medical and dental clinics, protective services for both adults and children, governmental benefits such as food stamps, educational and employment assistance, substance abuse treatment, mental health providers, and other necessary services to help victims of intimate partner domestic violence rebuild their lives. Staff represent victim needs in community consortia to assure coordinated response to victim needs. 
Celebrating Solutions AwardMary Byron Project2015
Innovative Nonprofit AwardKentucky Nonprofit Network2014
Pyramid Award for InnovationCenter for Nonprofit Excellence2014
Innovation: HomelessnessKentucky Housing Corporation2015
Environmental AwardLexington-Fayette Urban County Government2015
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $2,245,671.00
Projected Expenses $2,245,671.00
Endowment Value $23,307.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$1,799,707$1,573,490$1,568,105
Total Expenses$1,735,834$1,599,958$1,521,317
Revenue Less Expenses$63,873($26,468)$46,788
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,189,717$978,164$1,011,866
Individual Contributions$540,925$516,382$494,918
Investment Income, Net of Losses$140$129$151
Membership Dues--$0--
Special Events--$0--
Revenue In-Kind--$0--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,500,157$1,289,626$1,244,602
Administration Expense$253,473$310,332$276,715
Fundraising Expense--$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.040.981.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%81%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,735,834$1,679,836$1,699,375
Current Assets$336,725$228,690$208,289
Long-Term Liabilities$1,735,834$592,141$638,533
Current Liabilities$123,521$77,635$24,314
Total Net Assets$1,056,137$1,010,060$1,036,528
Form 990s
2017 990
2016 990
2015 990
2014 990
2013 990
2012 990
2011 990
2010 990
2009 990
2008 990
2007 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
Address PO Box 55190
Lexington, KY 405555519
Primary Phone 859 233-0657
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Darlene B Thomas MSSW
Board Chair Derek Hall
Board Chair Company Affiliation Rose Grasch Camenisch Mains PLLC